Managing in a New Fiscal Reality for Ontario

Half day eventIn Toronto, ON
  • December 10, 20188:00am - 10:00am
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The Ontario Government’s Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review announced an ambitious fiscal agenda, including a new Task Force to ensure all Provincial agencies are relevant, efficient, effective and provide value for money for taxpayers. While few spending details were announced, significant expenditure reductions are expected in the spring 2019 Ontario Budget.

The Institute on Government is hosting a 2-hour seminar to better understand what the new fiscal reality in Ontario will mean for transfer partners, agencies, boards and commissions. The session will explore how to prepare for the new fiscal reality, the views and expectations of citizens, what recent history can teach us, and how to position and to prepare yourself and your agency.

Join the Institute on Governance and explore what this new reality will mean for transfer partners, agencies, boards and commissions.

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Toby Fyfe

President, Institute on Governance

Toby has extensive executive public sector experience in governance, service delivery, change management, and organizational design and performance. He developed the Treasury Board Alternate Service Delivery Policy and represented Canada at an OECD public management (PUMA) experts panel examining arm’s-length agency creation.

He has worked on a number of significant governance and change management initiatives including ones for the RCMP, the Caribbean Development Bank and the creation of the Natural Resources Canada Shared Services Office.
Toby has significant corporate communications management experience and expertise. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a former federal government head of communication. He led three studies for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) examining the impact of social media on public sector organisations. He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The House, Cross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

He was editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years and is a member of IPAC.

He writes regularly on public management issues, both in a weekly e-newsletter for Canadian Government Executive.

Brad Graham

Vice President, Toronto

Brad Graham is Vice President of the Institute on Governance (IOG), Toronto. He is also a Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. An economist, Brad spent 25 years in the Ontario Public Service in a variety of leadership positions. His areas of expertise include growth planning, innovation, health care and fiscal policy.

As Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and later, Public Infrastructure, he was the driving force behind Ontario’s Places to Grow initiative, a 30-year growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The innovative and collaborative approach to planning has garnered national and international acclaim as the highest standard for growth planning, including winning the American Planning Association’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award, an Award for Planning Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the first ever Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2008 Urban Leadership Award.

Brad Graham was also the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Research and Innovation overseeing the Ontario Network of Excellence – a world class network of innovation centres to assist entrepreneurs and technology-based firms to develop and thrive in the global marketplace.

Brad Graham also worked as the Director of Health Policy with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and held positions with the Premier’s Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice and with Treasury and Economics (now Ministry of Finance). Brad Graham was awarded Ontario’s Amethyst Award for excellence in public service.

Mike Colledge

President, Canadian Public Affairs, Ipsos

Mike joined Ipsos in 1997 after more than twelve years of working within both social and economic portfolios of the Government of Canada. With over 20 years in the research and intelligence business, Mike has worked with leading governments and businesses across Canada to use evidence and data to drive change and help organizations succeed.

Mike’s background and expertise covers all facets of public and private sector communications as well as government policy and program development. He has examined issues that range from encouraging people to donate blood, to positioning the Government of Canada’s annual Budget, to measuring the influence of social media during elections. Mike’s focus of late has been on Ipsos CanadaNext a national study that looks at the wave of change about to happen across Canada. Driven by demographic shifts and technology advancement, our economy, our communities, our governments, our businesses, and our lives are about to change drastically. CanadaNext bring the views of Canadians and their expectations into the conversation about the next 10 years and the changes that are occurring across Canada.

Mike currently oversees a cross country team of 45 research professionals whose main goal is to help their clients better understand the world around them. Whether it is through surveys, consultations, engagement exercises, social media listening or other qualitative exercises, the Public Affairs Group provides clients with the evidence, insight and advice they need to make the decisions that move their organizations forward.

John Matheson

Principal, Strategy Corp

John Matheson is a skilled advocate and issues manager. He has been a principal at StrategyCorp since 1998. John has a particular expertise in the politics of municipal governance and restructuring, and has acted as a consultant to local governments in Ontario and across Canada. Prior to joining StrategyCorp, John served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the creation of a new municipal taxation and assessment regime and key reforms to the Municipal Act and the Planning Act. John’s policy expertise is grounded in his legal background. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993 and practiced law in Toronto with a major Bay Street firm. As a result, John has frequently been engaged to support legal professionals in issues management and government relations activities. At StrategyCorp, John serves as both managing partner and in-house legal counsel. John also serves on the executive of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel where he led the creation of “INYour Corner” — a project that connects in-house counsel with opportunities to volunteer in Pro Bono Legal service. He is also a Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. John is a volunteer political activist at both the federal and provincial levels. He has extensive experience in political organization and has played a leadership role in policy platform development for campaigns at every level of government. He also media trained over 500 spokespeople and prepared them for the rigours of media relations.A frequent public speaker and commentator in the news media, John appears regularly on television and radio.

He holds a BA (Hons) in political studies from Queen’s University in Kingston and an LLB from the University of Toronto.

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